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Tuesday's HOT MIC

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It's a long list.

Here’s who Hillary Clinton blames for her defeat in campaign memoir ‘What Happened.’

There are 18 items on the New York Daily News summary of who-did-what-to-Hillary, including Bernie Sanders, Bernie Bros, Jill Stein, Barack Obama, “Sexism and misogyny,” Vladimir Putin, Russian hackers, Joe Biden, James Comey, Anthony Weiner, the New York Times, "Hillary hate," and the “godforsaken” Electoral College.

What's most revealing is that when Hillary does accept blame, in all but one case it's with some sort of denial or caveat.


11. Her “basket of deplorables” statement about Trump’s supporters, which was “a political gift” to her opponent. People "misunderstood me to be criticizing all Trump voters."

No -- "just" half. Which means she condemned nearly a quarter of Americans as "deplorable" and "irredeemable." That language is far worse than Mitt's "47 percent" statement, and Clinton was NOT "misunderstood."

Next items:

12. Her use of a private email server as secretary of state, which she deems “dumb” in retrospect.

13. The ongoing scandal that erupted from her email use, which she deems “even dumber.”

14. The New York Times, for focusing on her emails in reporting that "affected the outcome of the election."

Again, Clinton isn't willing to accept real blame. First, she excuses her criminal behavior as just this "dumb" thing she did, and then shifts the blame to this mysterious scandal and reporting which just somehow erupted around her.

I love this next one:

15. Her “traditional” presidential campaign, which was based on “carefully thought-out policies and painstakingly built coalitions” that could not compete with Trump’s “reality TV show that expertly and relentlessly stoked Americans' anger and resentment."

Give Clinton credit here for elevating the humblebrag to excuse-mongering. See, she was just too darn smart for American voters. Who were probably unredeemable deplorables anyway.

Here's the closest Hillary comes to admitting something was actually her fault -- but it's so vague as to be practically meaningless:

17. Herself, for not realizing “how quickly the ground was shifting under our feet” in the national mood.

That dang ground!

And that's it. That's the sum total of "What Happened" which Clinton admits might have been in some tiny way her own fault.

But I'd be remiss if I didn't include the 18th and final item from the list:

18. Hillary hate. "I have come to terms with the fact that a lot of people — millions and millions of people — decided they just didn’t like me,” Clinton writes — though she doesn’t understand the dislike. “What makes me such a lightning rod for fury? I’m really asking . . . I’m at a loss.”

Clinton dismissed a quarter of Americans as deplorable. She got caught, again, with her hand in the criminal cookie jar, and walked away without so much as an indictment. Her screeching campaign was without a message, apart from "Why am I not 50 points ahead?" She revealed herself at every turn to be prickly, entitled, and dishonest -- and yet even now is "at a loss" for why people just don't like her very much.

And that, as Yoda said, is why you fail.

Just did a FB Live video in response to this earlier post from Deb.

In case anyone was wondering, or cares, the "March to End White Supremacy" arrived in Washington, D.C., on September 6. The group has launched what it calls a "sustained vigil" at Farragut Square, which they have renamed "Impeachment Square."

They've been doing all sorts of cool, protesty stuff, and I'm sorry to say I've just been too busy to cover it all.

The Park Police removed their tents from the square after a couple of days.


This guy is starting to look like a real monster:

More from The Seattle Times:

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned Tuesday, just hours after new allegations that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in New York.

Murray, a former Democratic state legislator elected mayor in 2013, said in a statement he is resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday.

“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in a statement.

The Seattle Times reported Tuesday morning on the allegations by Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, who has become the fifth man to publicly accuse Murray of sexual abuse.


Flooding and hurricane damage in south Florida.

Here is a flooded frontage road.

flooding from Hurricane Irma in south Florida Photo of flooding on the frontage road in south Florida.

Power lines cross the highway in south Florida after Hurricane Irma.

Power lines across the road in south Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of power lines crossing the highway in south Florida after Hurricane Irma

88 cars in two lines for two gas stations.

PJ Media's anonymous post-Irma photographer has submitted these photos of no fewer than 88 cars waiting in line for gas.

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a line of 88 cars for gas stations in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Trucks to the rescue.

Here is a picture of a fuel tanker on its way down to needy families in Florida after Hurricane Irma.

Gas truck driving through Florida Picture of a truck carrying gasoline into Florida following Hurricane Irma.

Here is another truck carrying a massive generator, aiming to provide power to the millions of Florida residents who have lost it in the wake of the storm.

A truck carries a power generator into Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a truck carrying a power generator into Florida after Hurricane Irma

35 cars in line for gas.

PJ Media's anonymous photographer waited in line behind 34 other cars to get gas. He also snagged some photos of other drivers filling up.

Here's Rusty, who drove 80 miles from Arcadia and waited an hour in line to fill up his tank.

Man fills up truck with gas. Photo of a man named Rusty filling up gas in Florida after Hurricane Irma

Here's Amanda, a 26-year-old woman from Lehigh Acres. She waited in line in Ft. Myers for an hour, and the station ran out of gas before they got there. She waited 25 minutes at another gas station and finally filled up her gas cans which feed generators for six families.

The power in her neighborhood will be restored on September 22, and they have no cell service and no Internet.


Woman in her twenties fills up extra jugs of gas in Florida after Hurricane Irma Photo of a girl named Amanda who is filling up extra gallon jugs of gasoline at a gas station in Florida.

You can't fire him -- he quits!

Round Rock attorney resigns following Betsy DeVos tweet.

What a jerk.

The tweet, which was posted by Robert Ranco, a partner with the Carlson Law Firm, read, “I’m not wishing for it...but I’d be ok if #BetsyDevos was sexually assaulted. #SexualAssault #TitleIX.”

The tweet caught the eyes of national news outlets like the Washington Times and Breitbart, as well as Twitter users who snapped screenshots before the account was locked and then deleted.

Law firm managing partner Craig Carlson announced in a statement Monday that Ranco resigned.

“I considered the health of everyone in our organization, promised my partners and my employees that we would act according to the values of our firm, and sat down to speak with Mr. Ranco,” Carlson said.

Carlson stated that with over 75 percent of employees of whom are women, anyone in the company “advocating or even expressing apathy towards sexual assault” would not be accepted. Carlson said Ranco took full responsibility of the tweet.

If Twitter still has one redeeming feature, it's that it remains the fastest known method for antisocial human beings to fully reveal their terrible true selves to the public.